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The New Nevada Law Around Marijuana and What You Should Know

The New Nevada Law Around Marijuana and What You Should Know

On November 8 of this year, Nevada voters narrowly approved Question 2, which legalizes, taxes, and regulates marijuana for adults 21 and older. Despite well-financed opposition, marijuana was decriminalized in our fine state of Nevada. From a social, legislative and criminal system perspective, this is probably great news all around, but there are several things you should know about the new regulations. The decriminalization of marijuana for adults means that the penalties for possession and distribution are greatly reduced from what they are in other states. However, and here’s what’s important to bear in mind, limits and penalties still exist. That’s why you need to understand the law. There’s still plenty of trouble to get into by possessing, cultivating, and obviously selling it. Nevada Marijuana Cultivation and Possession Limits In addition to allowing medical cannabis dispensaries, the recent legislation increases cultivation and possession limits. The relaxing of regulation should not however be interpreted as a free-for-all.   Cultivation without a medical card carries a felony charge, for instance. And Nevada’s marijuana-related DUI guidelines allow for finite blood content tolerances. One positive feature for Nevada’s medical marijuana users is that the state recognizes the patient status of non-residents who are qualified under their state government’s laws. This is an important point because the law was crafted under medicinal pretexts – it really wasn’t designed to delight the couch surfing purists in our midst. For that reason, rules persist and you don’t want to challenge a law enforcement establishment that’s been seeped in anti-drug ideology for half a century. Nevada police are tough and will exercise their authority to the limit of...